Meeta Kothare is adjunct professor in the McCombs School of Business, where she is the inaugural Managing Director of the Social Innovation Initiative. Kothare also holds a faculty appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She teaches popular classes in Financial Innovation for Social Impact, Impact Investing, and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Previously she founded Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting nonprofits and for-profit organizations dedicated to social impact.
Kothare has over 25 years of academic, business, and social sector experience. She began her career in sales and marketing before pursuing graduate studies in business. After completing her doctorate, she joined the finance faculty at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught in the MBA, Business Honors and Executive Education programs. Her research on corporate finance, corporate governance, and securities markets has appeared in leading academic finance journals.
Kothare’s current interests include social innovation and the use of financial tools for social impact and sustainability. Her areas of expertise include: impact and sustainable investing, impact measurement, social entrepreneurship and innovation. She is also actively engaged in community service, philanthropy and impact investing, and mentoring social changemakers on campus and beyond.
Kothare holds a Ph.D. in Finance and an M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Georgia, where she was the class valedictorian.
Stephen T. Limberg is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the McCombs School of Business. He served as the Accounting Department Chair from 1997 through 2003 and as the Executive Director of the Master in Professional Accounting Program from 2006 through 2016. Steve joined the Accounting Department in 1982 and teaches financial reporting. He has had significant involvement in the development of innovative courses delivered at UT-Austin as well as internationally in, for example, China (Chinese University of Hong Kong), France (INSEAD and ESCP-EAP International School of Management), and Brazil (Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo).
Steve teaches accounting in MBA programs. He received the 2008 OneStar Foundation Governor’s Volunteer Award for the development and delivery of the Accounting Practicum course entitled: The Federal Taxation of Low Income Filers: Socio-Economic Force. He is the recipient of numerous Department and College teaching awards for excellence and innovation, such as the 2010 CBA Foundation Advisory Council Award for Teaching Innovation and Outstanding Dallas/Ft. Worth MBA Professor in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Steve has numerous publications in both professional and academic journals including articles in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research; National Tax Journal, The Journal of the American Taxation Association, among others. He is a licensed CPA in California.
Madison received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the Business Honors and Marketing programs at The McCombs School of Business in 2017. She also earned a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) degree from The LBJ School in 2019. Her primary interest is in using entrepreneurship to foster sustainable social change, especially in the realm of education. During her undergraduate years, Madison led Students for Wema and Texas Enactus, two student organizations at UT Austin focused on social entrepreneurship. As part of these groups, Madison raised over $55,000 to build a micro-enterprise bakery to sustain a school in Bukembe, Kenya. Madison's prior work experience includes an education programming internship with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2015, an app development internship and consulting role at the education-based social enterprise BridgeEdU, a higher education research internship at Trellis Company, and a graduate assistantship with The Social Innovation Initiative. Madison is excited to continue providing support for students interested in impact work through the SII’s courses, experiential learning programs, and more in her role as a Program Manager.
Daylix Molina is an administrative associate for both the Center for Global Business and Social Innovation Initiative at the McCombs School of Business. She has experience working with students in many different areas such as admissions, student services, financial aid, and administration. Additionally, her background includes engaging and creative work in the private center in areas such as publicity, movie marketing, and talent management. She completed both her Master’s degree in Adult Education and Human Resources Development in 2015 and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2008 from Florida International University.
Graduate Communication Associate
Catherine has always had a passion for connecting communities, creating movements, and engaging new demographics through ideas. Originally from Chicago, Catherine came to Texas after eight years in New York City. After graduating from NYU with a degree in art history, creative writing, and business, she joined the New Museum immediately following a major rebrand. Catherine was part of the team that developed the museum’s connection to its new neighborhood, corporate members and event series. During her time there, she built strategic partnerships with brands like W Magazine, MAC Cosmetics, Redbull and LVMH.
Catherine moved to Austin in 2013 with a desire to help establish a community and be part of a young nonprofit organization. As the Director of Communications and Programming at I Live Here I Give Here, Catherine organized citywide programs serving over 110,000 people, raised over $57 million for the Austin community, built models for impact and produced viral content.
She is currently pursuing an MBA full-time at University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. A goal-oriented connector of diverse leaders and a talented storyteller that does not shy away from a challenge, Catherine is working to ensure that every person has the opportunity to feel the joy of following their dreams.